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Every February the United States celebrates Black History Month, a tribute to the achievements and contributions of African Americans and their role in shaping US history. If you’re looking for a way to involve your child in Black History Month this year, storytelling is a great place to start! Here, we’re sharing 28 days worth of inspiring and educational African American children’s books, from black history books for kids to children’s books by African American authors. No need to cram them all in, though—these stories are perfect for bedtime narrating or big-kid reading year-round.

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Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales

The beloved Brer Rabbit comes to life in this edition of the classic Uncle Remus Tales—the largest collection of African American folklore and a true family favorite.

Age: 8 to 12 years old
Buy it: Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales by Julius Lester, $29, Amazon.com

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This Jazz Man

Pay tribute to the Jazz Age with a book as lively as the music it celebrates. Set to the tune of the song “This Old Man,” it teaches kids about the genre all while helping them learn to count.

Age: 4 to 7 years old
Buy it: This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhard, starting from $8, Amazon.com

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Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

This is one of the newer African American children’s books parents are loving. It packages black history and feminism into one amazing glossary of outstanding black women, from Sojourner Truth to Oprah Winfrey.

Age: 8 to 11 years old
Buy it: Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History by Vashti Harrison, starting from $11, Amazon.com

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Mae Among the Stars

Encourage your child to (literally) reach for the sky with the help of Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space.

Age: 4 to 8 years old
Buy it: Mae Among the Stars by Roda Ahmed, $15, Amazon.com

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Lullaby (For a Black Mother)

Here, the work of renowned African American poet Langston Hughes (about the bond between a black mother and her child) appears in the form of a children’s book. Talk about a beautiful piece to read to your little one.

Age: 4 to 7 years old
Buy it: Lullaby (For a Black Mother) by Langston Hughes, $13, Amazon.com

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The Story Of Ruby Bridges

This powerful black history book for kids tells the story of Ruby Bridges, the first African American girl to attend an otherwise all-white school.

Age: 4 to 8 years old
Buy it: The Story Of Ruby Bridges: Special Anniversary Edition by Robert Coles, starting from $4, Amazon.com

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Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

Looking for more African American children’s books about real historical events? Here’s another true-life tale about black students who made a major difference. This one recalls the famous Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in, a major moment in the fight for equal rights, in prose that’s digestible for kids.

Age: 7 to 10 years old
Buy it: Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, starting from $16, Amazon.com

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Before She was Harriet

Learn about Harriet Tubman’s many different identities, from Underground Railroad hero to Union spy, in poetry form.

Age: 4 to 8 years old
Buy it: Before She was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, starting from $9, Amazon.com

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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Obssessed with the movie Hidden Figures? Here’s a black history book for kids that shares the same incredible story of four African American women who worked behind the scenes to help NASA launch men into space.

Age: 4 to 8 years old
Buy it: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, starting from $10, Amazon.com

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Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters

This touching “letter” from Barack Obama to his daughters sends an inspiring message to all parents and their children: that our youth are the future of America.

Age: 6 years old+
Buy it: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama, starting from $5, Amazon.com

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Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea

Love poetry-driven African American children’s books? Add this award-winning picture book, which explores black identity, to your reading list.

Age: 4 to 8 years old
Buy it: Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea by Joyce Carol Thomas, starting from $5, Amazon.com

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